In the course of my usual work day, I do my share of bending over - though in a far less enjoyable manner than it sounds. Lest you guys think I'm a slacker at work - just in one day, I set dozens of catheters, intravenous lines and such. Let's not forget giving the occasional chest compression during the course of a resuscitation.
So far it's been okay. However the past week or so, I've been having a hellacious week with on-calls popping up every three days or so.
Then yesterday while I was putting the finishing touches to a double lumen catheter in a patient's thigh, I stepped back and realized that I couldn't stand straight. Not only had my back stiffened after being bent over for at least ten minutes straight, I found myself having to inch slowly backwards like a sedentary hunchback.
Ouch. Would you mind giving me a backrub?
Hunched over and wincing in pain, I came to an epiphany. Certainly a sign of aging, I'm sure.
Ouch. Both on the back ache - and the realization that I'm aging.
Haven't resorted to gum plasters and painkillers yet though. Although I am awfully tempted. Certainly not alone though since after I made my complaint, half my colleagues admitted the same. Talk about work-related injury. But I look at my aging colleagues with their diabetes, gout and hypertension - and I find myself fleeing from the medicine cabinet.
I'd kill for a back massage right now.